Chiawa Camp (Lower Zambezi
National Park) Zambia
Set deep inside the Lower Zambezi National Park, Chiawa
Camp enjoys the prime location in the Lower Zambezi. This
area is still unspoilt as it is new to Tourism and is
afforded a high level of protection from the Zambian
Government and the local tour operators. It was only
declared a National Park in 1983, and the Cummings Family,
who own and operate Chiawa Camp, brought the first Tourists
to the Park in 1990.
Only licensed operators may conduct safaris in the area,
and only the few lodges situated within the Park may conduct
river & canoeing trips there. Visitors to the Park are thus
assured of seeing very little human activity. With over 300
bird species, lion, leopard, vast herds of elephant and
buffalo, prolific hippo, gigantic baobab trees and
magnificent stands of acacia, the Lower Zambezi National
Park and Chiawa Camp have become one of Africa's most
exclusive safari destinations.
Resting peacefully on the river bank, in a grove of
mahogany and acacia trees, the lodge is constructed
essentially of natural materials, and is designed to ensure
its idyllic setting can be fully appreciated. All tents are under thatch, have en-suite facilities with
hot & cold running water, twin or double beds, insect
screens and solar powered lighting. 16 guests can be
accommodated in 8 well- appointed safari tents, each on a
raised timber deck with private veranda.
The spacious lounge and bar area has an observation
platform built into its roof, providing one of the best
views in the valley. Of course the dining area also looks
out onto the river and the animals which regularly come to
drink and feed at and near the lodge. Enjoy barbecues and refreshing cocktails under starlight
in our reed-enclosed boma while your hosts oversee your
comfort and the preparation of Chiawa's renowned cuisine.
Naturally vegetarians are catered for however please give
us advance notice of any special culinary requirements.
Another viewing platform has been constructed in the
quietest corner of the lodge, overlooking the confluence of
the Chiawa & Zambezi rivers. Sip a cup of tea or a Pimm's
while watching nature move at nature's pace and savor the
tranquility of Real Africa.
Game Viewing & Activities:
Chiawa Camp employs enough guides and maintains a
sufficient infrastructure that ensures maximum efficiency
and flexibility. This means that guests will enjoy levels of
choice & convenience not found elsewhere. The guides at
Chiawa Camp are experienced and qualified to help you get
the most from your visit to the Lower Zambezi National Park.
All boats and vehicles, canoe trips and walks carry first
aid kits, and are linked to Chiawa Camp with our extensive
VHF radio network.
Chiawa Camp communicates with the rest of the world via
HF radio. Chiawa Camp is best experienced when a customized
itinerary is made up of any combination of these activities.
These itineraries are ideal for Corporate Team Building,
Incentive and Group Travel. For groups of 4 or more a
personal guide and vehicle is provided, although smaller
groups may book this service in advance for an extra charge
(contact us for details).
This is the safest and most effective way to view big
game. Drives are conducted in open 4wd Toyota Landcruisers
that have been specially adapted for safari use. Usually
departing in the early morning, drives can last anywhere
from 2 to 4 hours depending on what's seen and the
requirements of the guests. In the late afternoon drives set
off for an hour or so before stopping at a scenic point for
Once the sun has set and it is dark enough for the
powerful spotlights to become effective, night drives
commence. Zambia is one of the few countries that permit
night drives, perhaps the most interesting of safari
activities. This is an opportunity to see nocturnal
creatures such as civet, porcupine, genet, and also to see
some of the larger predators on the move. It is not uncommon
to see a pride of lions on a kill or a leopard stalking
through the bush. Again, these drives can last up to 4 hours
depending on the action!
Pioneered in Zambia, bush walks are essentially a
"micro-safari". An armed ranger will guide you through the
wilderness on foot, interpreting spoor, identifying the
various flora and fauna, and highlighting conservation
The pace is leisurely and the duration is determined by
guests' requirements. Typically, a few hours is sufficient.
One of the great aspects of a visit to Chiawa Camp are
the activities offered by virtue of our presence on the
Zambezi river. Chiawa Camp is one of the few lodges
permitted to conduct waterborne safaris within the National
Park, and our 8m motorized pontoon is ideal to take
advantage of this. Enjoy midday cruises through numerous
channels, viewing hippo, buffalo, elephant and prolific bird
life. Also on offer are sunset cruises, or breakfast served
on board, anchored in the middle of the Zambezi.
Expert guides are on hand to assist you in finding the
notorious Tigerfish (camp record 8.75kg, average 2kg) and
other species that abound in the Zambezi River. Chiawa Camp
is currently the only lodge offering professionally guided
sport fishing inside the Lower Zambezi National Park.
These waters are free from netting and are hence your
best bet for lots of big fish. Naturally we enforce a strict
catch & release policy. Best months for Tigerfish are
September - November.
Monster Tiger caught at Chiawa Camp, Lower Zambezi.
Although the Zambezi offer many activities, perhaps it is
best known for canoeing. No where else is there such a
combination of breathtaking scenery, varied wildlife and
such interesting channels to paddle through. Tranquil yet exciting, these trips through waters such as
the Chifungulu Channel are an excellent way to best
appreciate the Zambezi. /p
Canadian canoes (6m long) are used and these trips may
last anywhere from 1 hour to 1 day. Our most popular canoe
safari is 90 minutes long where guests paddle (always
downstream!) from the lodge to "Sunset Strip" for sundowners
and then a night drive back to Chiawa Camp.
Accommodation Rates:- From $650 per
person per night sharing. Please contact us for a quote and